Manager Merry Go Round Updateby Jack Kitson / 13 May 2013, 13:35Tweet
There have been a plethora of casualties across the English football spectrum this season as clubs all of sizes succumb to the demands of instant gratification and rewards that are plaguing today’s game. In simple terms the cutthroat nature of modern football means that no one is safe in the dugout.
May is traditionally a manic period in the manager merry-go-round and this season is proving to be no different, with a number of club’s deciding to embark on new chapters. Sir Alex Ferguson shocked the football world by announcing his retirement on May 8th, which swiftly led to the appointment of fellow Scot David Moyes. This could now spark a catalogue of other changes across the board in what will is likely to be another summer jam-packed with manager rumours and gossip.
Below we take a look at the present manager goings-on in both the Premier League and Championship by assessing the current vacancies along with exploring potential movements and outcomes.
Current Vacancies: Everton, Chelsea
Potential Vacancies: Man City, Wigan, Stoke, Fulham, Tottenham
It has been a hectic couple of days in the Barclays Premier League. Last week David Moyes was named as the man to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford after the latter revealed that he will step down at the end of the season. Moyes’ decision to trade the blue of Everton for the red of Manchester United subsequently opens up the doors at Goodison Park, with Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, Cardiff’s Malky Mackay and Celtic’s Neil Lennon all in the running to become the Next Everton Manager.
Toffees Chairman Bill Kenwright now has a big decision to make, which could lead to a vacancy opening up at Wigan or Cardiff. Martinez has been the favourite for the job for a while and the Spaniard looks the best bet at the time of writing, where as Mackay will surely stay at Cardiff following their promotion from the Championship, although if approached he may find the position too tempting to turn down.
The rumour mill is currently in overload concerning the future of under-fire Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini who now looks as if he will be given the sack. Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini is expected to take up the reins at the Etihad, while Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti are long shots for the job.
Mourinho is far more likely to return to former stomping ground Stamford Bridge this summer after interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez packs his bags at the end of the season. There are murmurings that Real Madrid will attempt to lure Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas to the Bernabeu should Mourinho depart, which is an outcome that would leave Spurs fans crushed.
Elsewhere positions at Stoke and Fulham could arise following their respective poor ends to the 2012/13 campaign. Potters boss Tony Pulis has experienced a backlash from fans in recent months leading to speculation that his time at the Britannia could now be up. Fulham may also opt to part ways with Martin Jol following their shocking end to the season. Meanwhile West Ham have handed Sam Allardyce a new two-year deal after he kept them in the top-flight following their promotion last season.
Current Vacancies: Blackburn Rovers, Wolves, Millwall
Potential Future Vacancies: Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Peterborough
There were a multitude of managerial changes in the Championship last season, with Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool the main culprits. Rovers blitzed through the likes of Steve Keen, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton, with caretaker manager Gary Morgan currently the hot favourite for the poisoned chalice.
Wolves endured a woeful campaign which ended in a second successive relegation and thus the sack for Dean Saunders. The Midland’s club are in freefall at the moment and will now spend the summer restructuring as they bid to bounce back next term. They have revealed that they will appoint a head coach as opposed to a traditional first-team manager, with Owen Coyle, Steve McClaren and Kenny Jackett the favourites. The latter recently resigned from his post as Millwall manager after six-years in charge, with former Lions player Marc Bircham in pole position to replace him at the Den.
Potential vacancies could now crop up at the likes of Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Peterborough. The Foxes will still be stunned at their heartbreaking play-off exit to Watford, a defeat that has hurled Nigel Pearson’s future back in the spotlight.
Boro finished in an extremely disappointing 16th place - just five points above the relegation zone - and manager Tony Mowbray now pay the price for their shocking second-half of the season collapse. Meanwhile Peterborough fought valiantly but in the end suffered relegation down to League One. The club may now lose manager Darren Ferguson whose name currently features in the Wolves and Millwall markets.
On Tuesday we will take a look at the manager merry-go-round in League One and Two.